Human Rights Law LLM
As part of this programme, we expose students to the most exciting ideas and developments in the field of human rights.
The modules at the heart of the programme provide a thorough grounding in international human rights law, and many of the more specialised topics are cutting edge and innovative, such as 'Rights, Humans and Other Animals'. In addition, our senior teaching staff have second-to-none experience in organisations such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
The school is also home to the Human Rights Law Centre, one of the world's most respected academic human rights institutions. It carries out its work through research, training, publications and capacity building, collaborating with governments, intergovernmental organizations, academics, students and civil society; alongside implementing programmes in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The centre offers numerous services for LLM students, including an annual international student conference, a human rights cinema series, a student's law journal, internship bursaries and research assistance opportunities; all of which allows students to gain experience of human rights in practice.
Many of our students, after completion of the LLM Human Rights Law, obtain jobs with the United Nations or other international organisations, with governments or non-governmental organisations.
The learning environment at Nottingham is greatly enhanced by the exciting offering of guest lectures, delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners.
- The School of Law was ranked 41st best law school in the world by the QS World Rankings 2016
- The school enjoys professional relationships with international institutions, leading UK law firms, private industry and consultancies, and non-governmental organisations
- We have a dedicated Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops and one-to-one sessions on issues such as time management, how to answer a problem question, how to research and reference, and how to choose a dissertation topic
The LLM programme is offered on a full-time basis, to be completed in one academic year; and a part-time basis, to be completed in two academic years.
Students must complete at least 90 credits worth of modules from the qualifying specialist module options for the LLM Human Rights Law. The remaining 30 credits needed to complete the taught stage of the degree can be chosen from the full suite of modules offered across all of our LLM programmes.
In addition, students must choose a dissertation topic which sits within the field of Human Rights Law. Students are given a wide array of support when choosing their dissertation title and preparing to undertake research, with bespoke workshops and one-to-one support available throughout the process.
The LLM programme operates small-group seminar teaching, allowing for an integrative and interactive learning experience. Students are encouraged and expected to prepare for and participate in seminars so that they get the maximum benefit from teaching sessions.
All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where the module option is relevant to a student's doctoral research.
Students are given the opportunity to complete formative assessments in both the autumn and spring term, which acts as a practice assignment that does not contribute towards their degree. Rather, formative assessments provide valuable feedback which can be utilised constructively when completing summative assessments.
All summative assessments take place at the end of the spring term; this includes assessments for autumn options. Modules are assessed by either essay, examination, or a combination of both.
Qualifying module options
- Business and Human Rights Law
- Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
- Detention and Imprisonment in the International Criminal Justice System
- Economic and Social Rights
- The European Convention on Human Rights
- Imprisonment and Human Rights
- International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights
- International Criminal Evidence
- International Criminal Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Humanitarian Law
- Law Development and the International Community
- Mental Disability and International Human Rights
- Minorities and International Human Rights
- Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights and Criminal Justice
- Principles of Public International Law
- The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law
- Regional Human Rights Law
- Religion and International Human Rights
- Rights, Humans and Other Animals
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.
A selection of LLM graduates progress onto our PhD programme each year, in order to progress their academic career. These students often choose to stay at The University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of our current lecturers having completed both the LLM and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.
Average starting salary and career progression
Over 94% of our postgraduates who were available for work entered employment or further study within the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for a Nottingham taught masters student is £23,082 with the highest salary being £48,000.*
*Known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.
Career prospects and employability
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond.
Services available include:
- Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
- One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
- Over 250 careers events
- A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates
All postgraduate students also become members of the Graduate School, which provides dedicated facilities and resources to enhance your postgraduate experience.
Entry requirements 2.1 (Upper 2nd class honours degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered
IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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Last updated August 9, 2016